Bridgend Ravens
2013/2014 Principality Premiership
Bridgend 34 v 16 Aberavon
05 October 2013 - Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend

Match Report

Bridgend 34-16 Aberavon

Bridgend Ravens won their first game of the season, cruising to victory over Aberavon at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field.

Bridgend started the campaign with four straight defeats, but Tom Grabham scored twice, alongside a penalty try in the first half, to secure a much needed victory for the Ravens.

Aberavon posted the first points, through centre Aaron Jones, but the Ravens swiftly hit back with two James Dixon penalties to take the lead.

Discipline was lacking early on in both camps, and this saw Jones slot his second to tie up the scores. However, repeated infringements from Aberavon saw Ian Moore receive a yellow card, just yards from the Wizards own line. From the resulting penalty, Bridgend drove a scrum over the Aberavon line for a deserved penalty try.

The rest of the period was dominated by the kickers, Aaron Jones kicking a penalty before Dixon put his side clear with two late efforts. 

HT: Bridgend 19-9 Aberavon (1-0T).

Bridgend knew they needed a huge second half to hold on to their comfortable advantage. They got off to the worst possible start, as Ospreys lock Lloyd Peers was yellow carded. Aberavon now had a man advantage at the scrum, and pushed themselves toward a penalty try, which Jones converted.

The game was poised on a knife edge, but some excellent defending by Bridgend stopped Aberavon seizing the initiative. Having cleared their lines, Jac Hopkins won a superb penalty which James Dixon comfortably dispatched. 

The rest of the match was dominated by Bridgend. The forwards maintained their dominance, and some fast moving backs play saw Luke Morgan release Tom Grabham for a sensational try. James Dixon again slotting the conversion.

Minutes later, Nathan Edwards was sent to the bin, but Bridgend (again) held firm in the face of some determined Aberavon attacking. Another moment of brilliance from the Bridgend backline saw Grabham cross for his second try late on to confirm a comfortable win for the Ravens. 

Bridgend Scorers: Tries: Grabham (2), Penalty Try. Conversions: Dixon (2). Penalties: Dixon (5). 

Attendance: 1,124. 

Attendance: 1124

Official : Daniel Jones (Wales)

Bridgend Aberavon